Good Friday

Today is Good Friday. It is not bad Friday, but Good Friday. True, it is a sad Friday for us, who celebrate it, because we are marking the day that the Son of God died. Yet it is still good, because the Son of God died for us, to redeem us from death and to give us eternal life.

If there were no Good Friday, then every day of the week would be bad. We would look forward to everlasting suffering in Hell, because that is what we all deserve, from the mildest child to the most vicious and murderous psychopath. We deserve it, because our hearts are disobedient to God. Though we inherited such a heart from our parents, we are each still accountable for them. That is why every day would be bad without Good Friday.

On Good Friday, God completed a transaction between Himself and every disobedient sinner, of all time. He took our guilt away from us, but because He is just and righteous, He placed it upon His Son Jesus, who willingly received the due punishment for it. God the Father then forsook God the Son as the Son suffered and died upon the cross — a death He (unlike us) did not deserve. That is the other reason this day is sad. When He was ready to die, the Son cried out, “It is Finished.”

If God did not care about right and wrong, then He could give all of us eternal life, regardless of our guilt, and without the death of Christ. Yet if God did not care about right and wrong, He would be evil. If God did not care for us, then He could simply destroy us all, or banish us forever from the possibility of His favor. Yet if God did not care for us, He would be unmerciful.

On Good Friday, God completed the work demanded by His good and merciful nature. On Good Friday, the scripture was fulfilled (Psalm 85:10):

> Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed.

The result, for us: eternal life. Indeed, it is a Good Friday.